WAVERLY, Iowa - 2014 Wartburg College graduate Landon Williams has been named the head assistant coach of the Wartburg Wrestling program, head coach Eric Keller announced May 8, 2020.
Williams is promoted to the full-time assistant position following a pair of separate assistant coaching stints at Wartburg during the 2014-15 and 2019-20 seasons, in which the Knights captured National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Dual Championships.
"Landon, one of our wrestling greats, has proven himself to be an outstanding young coach," Keller said. "He is extremely passionate about helping student-athletes develop and grow as men, exceeding in both the classroom and on the mat. He loves Wartburg and believes in our mission, having firsthand experience what a life changing place Wartburg is. I am fired up to begin this new era with Landon and help him live out his dream of coaching at the collegiate level."
A native of Eldridge, Iowa, Williams was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA Division III National Champion at Wartburg, compiling a career record of 135-15 while currently ranking among the top 10 leaders at Wartburg in career wins, tech. falls, and pins.
He was a two-year team captain and a member of four consecutive national championship squads from 2011-14, becoming the first DIII program to do so. During his tenure, the Knights also earned four-straight Iowa Conference Championships and NWCA National Dual titles.
"It's truly an honor to be accepting the position as assistant wrestling coach at Wartburg College," Williams commented. "Coaching with and learning from Coach Keller at my alma mater is a dream come true. The Waverly community and Wartburg has given me so much and has shaped me into the wrestler, coach, and person that I am today. I'm extremely excited to be representing the Wartburg wrestling program and Wartburg College."
Williams began his coaching career as an assistant at Wartburg the season after his senior year in Orange & Black and started coaching high school wrestling in 2015 at Holy Cross School in New Orleans, La. He spent four years at Holy Cross and served as director of wrestling for one year. His teams had two third-place finishes, one runner-up finish, and the school's first Division 1 State Championship in 30 years; 11 Holy Cross wrestlers became state champions during his tenure. Williams also co-founded the Bayou Elite Wrestling Club, leading 50 wrestlers to USA state championships, along with 100+ state top-three place-winners and 50+ national All-Americans. In addition, he was heavily involved in overseeing the operations of The Burg Training Center in Waverly that provides training for youth, middle school, and high school wrestlers.
As a high school wrestler at Davenport Assumption, Williams capped off his senior season with a 47-0 record, finishing first in the state at 160 pounds. He was also a two-time USA Folkstyle All-American for the Young Guns Wrestling Club out of Illinois.